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Union County to Close Jail Despite Opposition from Local Leaders

April 24, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark.

The county is entering into a five-year memorandum with Essex County, which has an option for renewal. This merger will ...

Seventh Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. Domestic Violence Symposium Being Presented this Week

UNION COUNTY, NJ-- The Seventh Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium is scheduled to take place later this week, and those working in fields dedicated to serving victims are being encouraged to register and learn from a host of subject-matter expert speakers.

A joint presentation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

11 People in Middlesex, Union Counties Charged in Narcotics Distribution Ring

NEW JERSEY - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced Wednesday that 11 people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a large-scale narcotics distribution ring that operated in Middlesex and Union counties.

The investigation was dubbed Operation The Price is Right by police.

On March 15, Terrence Barker, 37, of Edison was arrested and charged with first-degree ...

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

Help Wanted - What the Disappointing Jobs Report Means for the Recovery

Given the importance of the consumer to the economy, and the importance of employment conditions to the consumer, monthly jobs reports always command the market's attention. The April employment report released on Friday was particularly eye-catching given its sizable disappointment amid a recent string of encouraging data that have signaled the economic recovery is proceeding ...

The BLS can learn a few tricks from the Mortgage Loan Market

May 11, 2021

On Friday, May 7th 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that ‘Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Notable job gains in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education were partially offset by employment declines in temporary help services and in couriers and ...

Help Wanted: What the Disappointing Jobs Report Means for the Recovery

Given the importance of the consumer to the economy, and the importance of employment conditions to the consumer, monthly jobs reports always command the market's attention. The April employment report released on Friday was particularly eye-catching given its sizable disappointment amid a recent string of encouraging data that have signaled the economic recovery is proceeding ...

Take a Free, Convenient COVID-19 Self-Test at the Union County Test Center

May 15, 2021

The Test Center will shift from a drive-through service to a walk-up service as of Monday, May 17.

The Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University will be open to all Union County residents who would like to self-administer a free COVID-19 nasal swab test under the supervision of professional staff beginning on Monday, May 17.

The Test Center is located at the Kean campus in Union ...

Berkeley Heights Receives Second Highest Grant Award for Shared Services

Township to purchase radios, computer and improve technology for first responders 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—The Township of Berkeley Heights announced today that the Township received the second-highest grant award, $243,000, from the state of New Jersey as part of a program to encourage shared services. The money will be used to help offset costs associated with contracting with Union ...

Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

Only 6% of 750+ Hospitals Performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Have Achieved This Elite Recognition of Best Practices and Quality Care

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification, a designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated ...

Union County to Hold Annual Portuguese Flag Raising on June 10

The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the annual Union County Portuguese Flag raising ceremony in commemoration of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Communities. The event will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Union County Court House, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The event is free for all to attend.

The event is being ...

Enough: It's Time to Take Our Schools Back!

May 14, 2021

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford

Dear Editor:

At last night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) President read a statement that I encourage you to watch and listen to.  His remarks are very telling about the current state of our ...

Let’s take the time to do it right

To the members of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education; to the teachers, staff, and principals; to my fellow residents and neighbors, and to our students,

The Berkeley Heights BOE recently passed the superintendent's recommendation to redistrict the schools into two K-2 schools and two 3-5 schools in order to implement the full-day Kindergarten program that is in the best interest of ...

New Providence Lions Club Has 'Sights' on Post Pandemic Times; Hosts First In-person Meeting in a Year

May 4, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Lions Club recently held their first in-person meeting since the onset of the pandemic in the back parking lot at CWI Designs on an unseasonably chilly April evening. After the formalities and business portion of the meeting, the members enjoyed time catching up while participating in a chocolate tasting that served as a fundraiser to benefit ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...